Wednesday, 24 May 2017
Friday, 19 May 2017
Back from a conference where I spoke about my role as artist in residence at NanoDTC - for more information check out my other blog which covers the project
http://unfoldingthinking.blogspot.co.uk/2017/05/talkingwithteachers.html before getting on a train I managed to see the latest show at the glorious Raven Row - 56 Artillery Lane http://www.ravenrow.org/current/ explores notions of home - the stand out work for me was a woman's place a film by liberation films made in 1974 http://www.bfi.org.uk/films-tv-people/4ce2b6d544432 it's an extraordinary document in so many ways. The content is a fantastic slice of social history - strong women attempting to challenge societal norms - men depicted as helplessly fools failing to run the crèche whilst mansplaining but then you have the camera angles and interview techniques to contend with as well as the chronological indicators of fashion and social fabric - all in glorious black and white. There is also the rare treat is access to the top flat that is preserved in a time warp - it was like stepping back in time into my Great Aunts house in the 1970s. And then there was fast and furious 8 - oh dear, maybe not the best......
Thursday, 18 May 2017
got to see La ribot at The Place - wonderful - she is a force - all the frenzied, sexy, controlled, disturbing elements came together in a forceful show of negotiated shame - wow
a day in London - some of the shows - At the Tate in the Art Now room Together (Forever) by Lucy Beech and Edward Thomasson is a great performance film - something extraordinary is created from something seemingly insignificant. Odd that this is the 3rd performance in in a row I've seen that used acting skills around fighting - is there something in the air)? at Sadie Coles Jordan Wolfson has work in both spaces - you have to see both - the film in HQ is disturbingly transgressive but the VR in Davies street is truly disturbing in a shocking way. And what excellent sculptures. Tenderpixels has a cracking show with a range of artists responding to a book about a chess playing girl. Annette Messager is at Marian Goodman - highlight - the womb wallpaper room is excellent.
Monday, 15 May 2017
witness at Dance East was a tender and moving dance piece exploring mental health http://www.companychameleon.com/ there were some truly extraordinary moments of dance moves - I wish they had trusted their dance and not spoken - their movements communicated everything....
a quick jaunt to the Norfolk and Norwich Festival to see Summer. Autumn. Winter. Spring. could it possibly be a new genre 'fly on the wall theatre'? editing choice control truth and theatre as a mirror were topics of conversation 'post show' - It must of been life changing to be part of the experience for the participants - Summer was great with audience participant conversations and in Autumn I had my first tarot reading - an 'interesting' experience.
With the discovery http://www.imdb.com/title/tt5155780/ afterlife - what happens there and where is it? is at the fore and can we get there and if we can should we? lots of meaningful questions about destiny...win it all http://www.imdb.com/title/tt3155328/?ref_=nv_sr_1 don't do it no no no just don't do it.
Wednesday, 10 May 2017
first saw the strange undoing of prudential hart by the National Theatre of Scotland at Latitude Festival a couple of years ago Eastern Angles did it above a pub in Ipswich - it's a cracking night out - they are in the middle of a tour - catch it while you can. https://easternangles.co.uk/whats-on I've already excitedly got my ticket to see La Ribot at the place but she is also at Cambridge Junction - it has to be a must see. We have a chair by her in our house and think about the extraordinary performances she has developed with it. thinking about anticipation the new blade runner http://www.imdb.com/list/ls053181649/videoplayer/vi245020953?ref_=hm_vd_br49_i_1 has it in spades....
Tuesday, 9 May 2017
Monday, 8 May 2017
After a short break in Ibiza getting back feels decidedly chilly. Spent some time wandering around abandoned developments in stunningly beautiful spaces in the North of the island. Off season Portinatx was extraordinarily easygoing, I always love the feel of an area as it wakes up after it's off season. Back - watching meanwhile Affleck in Manchester by the Sea http://www.imdb.com/title/tt4034228/ is crippling, carrying the weight of inconceivable pain. ghost in the shell http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1219827/?ref_=nv_sr_1 has some extraordinary special effects and connects to many 'sci-fi' tropes and there is the large issue of gender, culture assignment and nipples!